As New Hampshire Goes...
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has reason to feel good this week. A new Granite State Poll shows 62% of voters approve of his job performance. Not bad! What’s even cooler is that 75% believe the state is heading in the right direction.
All in a day’s work, right?Read more here.
Democrats in Texas: #Sad.
A report from the Associated Press this week reveals some troubles for the Democratic Party in Texas. Specifically: No one’s exactly rushing to volunteer to run against Gov. Greg Abbott in 2018. Considering a Democrat hasn’t won the governorship in the Lone Star State in nearly three decades, can you blame them?
According to AP, University of Houston political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus said that if Democrats do not find a candidate to run, it could be a symbol that the party has "given up" in Texas.
Ouch.The Dallas Morning News wrote about the search for a viable Dem back in July here.
Virginia Gov Debate Gets the Axe
This week, organizers canceled the “largest and most widely-broadcast debate” in the Virginia gubernatorial race, scheduled for October 9. Debate hosts didn’t mince words when explaining why: “Democratic candidate and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam declined to participate.”
The debate would have been televised throughout the Commonwealth, so it begs the question: Is he trying to hide from all Virginia voters? Or just Virginia protesters?Team Gillespie didn't waste time pointing out Northam's no-show on Twitter.
GOP Governorships At Record High
The political class continued to digest the news of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s decision to switch to the Republican Party.
NPR called it a “historic moment for the GOP,” and noted that “Republicans now hold so-called trifectas - control of a governor’s mansion and both chambers of a state legislature - in 26 states...”
A Wall Street Journal headline blared that the “defection complicates Democrats’ long climb back.”
RGA Chairman Gov. Scott Walker reacted to the switch by saying that “Democratic governors are stuck in reverse, unable to offer anything but the same out-of-touch, failed policies that led to their current near-century low.”
On the flip side, DGA Chairman Gov. Dan Malloy shrugged it off by calling it a “stand-alone event… We simply move on.”